Over 6,000 pounds of Rainbow Trout stocked in public ponds throughout Louisiana

Residents have the opportunity to catch one this winter!

Rainbow Trout
Rainbow Trout (Source: Nick Gremillion/The Louisiana Weekend)

It’s That Time Of Year Again!

Louisiana residents have the opportunity to catch a rainbow trout; a beautiful fish that is non-native to Louisiana.

But interested anglers need to fish while the weather is still chilly because these beautiful gamefish will most likely not survive past early spring.

These feisty cold-water fish are stocked in the winter because they cannot survive water temperatures above 75 degrees.

Courtesy: BREC

Get Out and Fish For Rainbow Trout!

BREC and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries have stocked public ponds throughout the state with over 6,000 lbs. of rainbow trout.

Both departments stock rainbow trout to encourage families to get out and fish. 

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Courtesy: BREC

Ponds Stocked With Rainbow Trout

East Baton Rouge Parish

Zachary Community Parkstocked on December 18, 2019

  • 20055 Old Scenic Highway, Zachary

Central Sports Parkstocked on December 18, 2019

  • 10501 Lovett Road, Central

Howell Community Parkstocked on December 18, 2019

  • 5509 Winbourne Avenue, Baton Rouge

Forest Community Parkstocked on December 18, 2019

  • 13900 South Harrell’s Ferry Road, Baton Rouge

Perkins Community Parkstocked on December 18, 2019

  • 7122 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge

BREC’s Burbank Parkstocked on January 21, 2020

  • 12400 Burbank Dr, Baton Rouge

 

Livingston Parish

Sidney Hutchinson Parkstocked on January 21, 2020

  • 13750 Ball Park Rd, Walker, LA 70785

 

Tangipahoa Parish

Zemurray Parkstocked on January 21, 2020

  • 400 S Oak St, Hammond, LA 70403

 

Lafayette Parish

Girard Parkstocked on January 21, 2020

  • 500 Girard Park Dr, Lafayette, LA 70503

Southside Regional Park –stocked on January 21, 2020

  • 221 La Neuville Rd, Youngsville, LA 70592

 

Jefferson Davis Parish

I-10 Parkstocked on January 21, 2020

  • 100 Rue de l’Acadie, Jennings, LA 70546

 

Beauregard Parish (Lake Charles area)

Purple Heart Memorial Park Pondstocked on January 14, 2020

  • US-190, Ragley, LA 70657

 

Orleans Parish (New Orleans East)

Joe Brown Parkstocked on January 21, 2020

  • 5601 Read Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70127

 

Ouachita Parish (Monroe area)

Kiroli Parkstocked on January 14, 2020

  • 820 Kiroli Rd, West Monroe, LA 71291

 

Webster Parish (Shreveport area)

Turner’s Pondstocked on January 14, 2020

  • 517 Lakeshore Dr, Minden, LA 71055

 

Concordia Parish

William T. Polk City Park Pondstocked on January 14, 2020

  • US-425, Vidalia, LA 71373

 

Lincoln Parish 

Grambling City Park Pondstocked on January 14, 2020

  • 2045 W Martin Luther King Jr Ave, Grambling, LA 71245

Elmore D. Mayfield Park stocked on January 14, 2020

  • 1701 Martin L King Dr, Ruston, LA 71270

 

What Bait Should I Use?

Rainbow trout are great gamefish for anglers and these stockings offer residents an opportunity to catch them in their own backyard.

These beautiful coldwater fish can be caught using both live and dead bait.

I have seen local anglers catch rainbow trout with power bait, artificial lures, spinnerbait,  corn kernels, and even colored mini-marshmallows.

You can also use live bait such as minnows, worms, and nightcrawlers.

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Courtesy: BREC

Exciting New Contest 

Instead of hosting a rainbow trout fishing rodeo, this year BREC has tagged four rainbow trout at each fishing pond.

Anglers who catch a tagged fish can claim a prize from BREC’s main office at 6201 Florida Boulevard in Baton Rouge.

If you catch a tagged fish, take a photo of yourself and the tagged fish and email the photo to conservation@brec.org.

Limits for Rainbow Trout

In East Baton Rouge Parish, the take-home limit for the rainbow trout is four fish per person, per day.

In all other parishes, the take-home limit is five fish per person, per day.

However, you can catch and release as many fish as you like.

More Information

Visit http://www.brec.org/index.cfm/page/RainbowTrout and http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/get-out-and-fish-1 for more information.

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